Brian was born in Salt Lake City, UT “awhile back.” He spent 5 years working as a firefighter, then studied Geology at Sonoma State University. After leaving college, he became a partner in an international grassroots exploration company based in Brazil prospecting precious metals, which quickly led to a personal interest in pegmatite exploration and mining. He has been involved in “Paraiba” tourmaline mines from 1988 to present, and in 1989 he established Nature’s Geometry Inc. with his wife Kendra, as a jewelry design, manufacture and lapidary arts business. In 2016, he was an AGTA Spectrum Winner for the Fashion Forward category. An early advocate of responsible sourcing in the jewelry trade, Brian has orchestrated an initiative for an artisanal small-scale mining community in Brazil and is currently involved in scoping studies to verify and audit stone sourcing in the Amazon basin. Brian & Kendra are based in Tucson AZ and Bahia, Brazil. They have 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren.
This will be a panel discussion, along with Paul Tullis (National Geographic), Kristen Hund (World Bank), and Linda Woestendiek (US Southern Command).
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